Earlier today we saw another tragic incident – a shooting – on the Las Vegas strip. It has been called the “worst mass shooting” in recent US history.
This horrific event surpasses last year’s shooting in a Florida nightclub, which killed 49 people and injured dozens.
At least 58 people have been killed and another 200 have been wounded by the attacks at a Las Vegas concert. Two of those who have died were off-duty police officers.
Here’s all the info we have so far:
The gunman has been named as 64-year-old local resident, Stephen Paddock. He opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel in the direction of an open-air music festival. 22,000 people attended the event.
Paddock, believed by police to have killed himself, was found by police officers who stormed the hotel room he was in using explosives, where they found a number of weapons.
Sheriff Joe Lombardo said there has been no information about Paddock’s motives for the shooting at this stage, and his belief system is unknown. He has described the shooting as a “lone wolf” attack.
The Islamic State did claim that they were in fact behind the attack, suggesting that Paddock had converted to Islam some months ago. However there is no evidence to back this up and has been seen as a loose allegation.
Witnesses of the massacre have described seeing and hearing hundreds of gunshots being fired.
Mike Thompson, a witness from London told the BBC that he had seen people running in sheer panic.
“One man had blood all over him and that’s when I knew something was seriously wrong.
“People were running and there was [absolute] chaos.”
At least 14 of the injured festival-goers were in a critical condition, according to a spokesman for a local hospital.
Many hotels within a close proximity to the scene were put on lock down and parts of the Las Vegas Boulevard were shut in a bid to control the mayhem.
Since the attack, US President Donald Trump has taken to Twitter to wish his “warmest condolences and sympathies” to the victims and families involved.
My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2017
Even former President, Obama expressed his sorrow for the events:
Michelle & I are praying for the victims in Las Vegas. Our thoughts are with their families & everyone enduring another senseless tragedy.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) October 2, 2017
Other celebrities have also joined in and tweeted to show their support:
Saying a prayer for all the victims & their loved ones, also for the residents & visitors of Las Vegas! This was a horrific act of terror!!
— Rihanna (@rihanna) October 2, 2017
Woke up to the most devastating news about Las Vegas. I’m praying for everyone in Las Vegas!
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) October 2, 2017